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The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of various rounds of non-standard ammunition to Ukraine.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of the possible $165m sale.
The Government of Ukraine previously placed a request to purchase different types of ammunition including 152mm rounds for the A36 Giatsint, 152mm rounds for D-20 cannons, VOG-17 for the automatic grenade launcher AGS-17, 120mm non-Nato mortar rounds, 122mm rounds for the 2Sl Gvozdika, and BM-21 GRAD Rockets.
Ukraine also requested 300mm rounds/rockets for the MLRS ‘Smerch’, VOG-25 grenades for the under-barrel grenade launcher GP-25, 152mm rounds for the 2A65 Msta, 82mm mortar rounds, 125mm HE ammunition for the T-72, and related logistical support.
The prime contractors for the deal will be selected once the contracts have been awarded.
The ammunition procurement will help Ukraine in the ongoing combat, as well as enable it to maintain the operational readiness of its forces.
In a statement, the DSCA said that the potential sale will not require the usual Congressional review as it is being made under emergency circumstances amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The statement adds: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the US by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.”
The announcement of the proposed sale comes after Russia warned the US that the supply of weaponry to Ukraine will escalate the ongoing hostilities, reported Reuters.
Although the US rejected sending its own or Nato forces to the combat zone, it has increased military aid for Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
Last week, the US approved an $800m military package for the embattled country.